Ever felt anxious as you were about to begin a sales conference or expo? I don’t know anybody here? Our booth is too small? It’s not fancy enough? Our products aren’t fully developed? Message not completely clear? Company uniforms not as sharp as the other guys’? I’m not experienced enough?
Archive for June, 2008
School’s out at last in Massachusetts. On Saturday, I drove my newly graduated son for several hours to his job in the White Mountains. On the way there, while he unselfconsciously dozed next to me in positions that only teenaged bodies can assume, I listened to Chris Matthews’ book , Life’s A Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success. The CD set was a gift from a friend.
I’m standing in the low ceilinged, dimly lit, stuffy-aired classroom of a driving school — a company owned by brave souls who make a living teaching 16year olds to drive dangerous objects. My daughter is taking her road test with a State Police officer, her last step before qualifying for her license. I’m waiting, idly watching the TV in the far corner of the classroom.
The phone rang. I was in the middle of a conversation. I hesitated. I picked it up.
“Hello,” I said. “Nick Miller.”
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